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British Council

Teaching Young Learners Online

British Council via FutureLearn


Explore online language teaching with young learners

Have you recently had to adapt to online teaching in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

This 3-week course from the British Council will help you explore the practice and theory of online teaching.

While this course is mostly aimed at English language teachers, all teachers can benefit from learning about accessibility, online safety, and how to engage young learners online.

Create the best conditions for online learning

The course will begin with an exploration of how to ensure learners interact together meaningfully. You’ll learn about the principles of language learning and teaching, and gain insight into how to connect with learners and their parents.

Building a community and developing rapport with your students will help them have a positive online learning experience, so you’ll plan and share a meaningful activity that’ll help you get to know your learners.

Develop inclusive teaching methods

It’s important to tailor your online teaching to your learners’ needs so that each class is inclusive and fun, so you’ll learn how to provide extra support for those who need it.

You’ll help expose your learners to language through reading and listening activities, and develop strategies to engage learners in different online learning environments.

Learn strategies for teaching English online

In the final week, you’ll be helping your learners to develop their speaking and writing skills. We’ll discuss assessments for learning, including how to set expectations and motivate your students.

This course is for English language teachers, teaching young learners (5-17) in an online environment. Experience of teaching in online contexts is not essential and both experienced and novice online teachers will benefit.

While most of the context is based around English language learning, teachers of other subjects will also find the course valuable, as the principles of English language lesson planning apply to online teaching in general.

Taught by

Claire Ross and Joshua Underwood

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  • Vladimir Alexandrov
    First of all I would like to reiterate over again that I am a big fan of FutureLearn courses. That's a real Treasure Attic of new ideas for me. It is exactly the case this time with this course Teaching Young Learners Online British Council. Brilliant...
  • I have nothing but good words for this course. I'd already done the Teaching English Online course over a year ago and I thought I might go over most of the content again , but it turns out the contents have been really well put together, you never get bored, it covers all the relevant stuff you need to know, it continues to be engaging and I grow more and more confident and enthusiastic as I complete it. And I love Claire and Josh!
  • Marc A Tucciarone
    I am really enjoying this course ! I find it very enlightening in terms of finding out about online platforms , resources ( the daunting amount of them !) , practices and more modern expectations in the times we are living in . The model so to...
  • Anonymous
    Loved some of the ideas for activities that would engage more students, tried them this week with some of my online classes and the children enjoyed them. Plus I felt better about getting them to participate more, to become more curious about their learning, more active. Thank you for sharing all these amazing ideas.

    Also, during a CPD we had for MFL teachers, I shared the link to the course and recommended some articles for reading. My colleagues were interested and hopefully they will learn a few things from the course.
  • Anonymous
    The thing that I like the most about the course is that Claire and Josh really put a lot of effort in make this course personal. They show interest in what is shared and make every teacher/learner feel more confident and important. I have done a few online courses before but this is the 1st one where the "lecturers" are actually part of the course. Thank you very much for the time and effort. Much appreciated.
  • Elsa Juddy Pariahuaman Herrera
    Well,I like each seminar that British Council gives teachers because it is very interesting innovative and update course.Besides,each seminar I learn many things about ELT field and enjoy it so much.It is so fascinating and new way to learn to teach in...
  • It is a wonderful endeavor to assist teachers in learning new tools,tricks and techniques.Course content and use of technology makes this cours highly invaluable.I learnt a lot of new things.It is simply amazing!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Fantastic hands-on course with outstanding educators and an interactive and active group of generous, professional and committed teachers from all around the world. Lots of mind-blowing activities and webs that serve as an endless source of inspiration for engaging and formative lesson planning.
  • Anonymous
    Truth to be told, this was among the best online courses I feel grateful to have the opportunity to take part. First the design of the steps and the structure of the course has been well done, and secondly I like the variety of the activities therefore...
  • Anonymous
    I am finding the course very interesting and informative. I have discovered a lot about the sorts of online tools and platforms which are available for teaching and learning. I did not know about most of them before taking the course. I have also picked...
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    Jane Marianne Sinclair is taking this course right now.

    I really liked the friendliness of the educators and my other teachers. I felt I it was OK to not have a clue about most of the tech tools listed/ suggested. It was a supportive environment in which to learn. The info re tools to use looked comprehensive,...
  • Наталія Олексіївна Лесяк
    The course is a great opportunity to get and share teaching ideas. First of all I would like to admit that this is the first course I really appreciate because of its strategy of dealing. I really feel myself both a part of the learning and a teacher...
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    Janet Birdsall

    Janet Birdsall is taking this course right now.

    An excellent course!
    Stimulating, refreshing and totally inspiring -it bounds along at a great pace giving the teacher so much food for thought. - I personally felt that I just didn't have enough hours in the day to digest all the fabulous materials and ideas.
    Josh and Claire were perfect mentors combining their own experience with a gentle push in the right direction for all their participants! Despite being a mature and experienced teacher, this course really had me question my teaching philosophies and practice as well as provide me with a well-rounded knowledge of how to teach online successfully. Highly recommended!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I find the course very easy to follow and well organised, in the sense that the topics flow from one issue to the next. The most important issues for online teaching to young learners have been considered and are covered from my point of view. What is overwhelming is the amount of information, links, articles and webinars you have made available and I really appreciate this though to go through all this - it definitely takes many more hours than the stipulated in the description of the course. Maybe a word of warning that we need more hours if we choose to read/watch/ try out all the suggestions would help to set time apart to be able to do it. Many thanks
  • Norma Villanueva
    Hello have been reading, learning and working with you in others courses and always when I finished then the question in my mind was Do you have something for Young English Learners?

    The day that I found this one I only read the introduction and I started to be motivated to do IT.

    It has been difficult for me to do it on the time that must be, because the beginning of the new school year, but every day that I read, do an activity I want to learn more about it, even that I have been working with small kids since 34 years.

    Thanks, thanks because all the activites, objectives and videos that you share with us are really a great treasure for us.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I very much enjoy the hands on approach that Claire Ross models. Her interaction allows for dialogue, posing questions for information and she provides helpful and encouraging feedback. Posted articles and handbooks are always helpful. Usually a multitude...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    In the beginning when i was started this course i was little bit confused and was thinking that how can i complete this as it was very difficult for me to carry this with my job but as time passes i got involved in it and my interest level become more day by day.I have learnt a lot from this platform and now i really wanted to apply all the techniques and tips which i found during my course in my upcoming classroom. I found many websites ,links and tools through this and willing to motivate and engage my preschoolers by applying them .Thankyou so much for helping us to learn and understand the basic need of today.
  • Anonymous
    I think the course is great, I'm learning about so many new things, although at times I get a bit overwhelmed by the amount of information and don't always understand how things are done (when it comes to the technological side of things especially). I think that maybe at the end of every step the educators could also ask if there's anything we didn't quite grasp how to do and invite other participants (who understood it) to explain it. If nobody gives any explanations/the correct explanation then the educators send theirs.

    Having said this, I love how we're all sharing our knoweledge and are helping eachother out.
  • I have completed 16 years of teaching and completed a good number of online courses. But TYL Online has been the best of its kind! It has given me a huge confidence. Learning together has become a new motto in my teaching. Josh and Claire are my new inspirational mentors. My peers are my new identity. Shared materials, tools, links, and discussions are very essential and life-saving opportunities in this COVID-19 Pandemic. This course came like a savior. I have already recommended my colleagues to avail this life changing opportunity. I desire to learn more from this unique platform.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Before I would make my online classes stress free, I shed a lot of stress learning a lot of tools through this course. I loved ideas of scaffolding, differentiation and noticing. Others' comments after every exercise were also an eye opener to many a in class problems. I personally liked the idea of giving learners a choice of what they wanted to read and or using what they were mostly watching on TV, as a topic to teach language. I came to know of innumerable digital platforms to make use of while teaching online. Every video contained in the course is of immnse value.

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